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Meaning of the phrase

Posted by Bob on November 23, 2003

In Reply to: Meaning of the phrase posted by RAJENDRA KUMAR DUGGAR on November 23, 2003

: What does "shoot from the hip" mean?

It means to make a rash statement, usually a negative judgement, without careful thought or gathering all the facts. The metaphor is from a "quick-draw" cowboy pulling a handgun out a holster and shooting it in the general direction of his enemy, rather than raising the gun to eye level and carefully aiming before shooting.